Why my traffic is going down and down?

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  1. soni2006 profile image79
    soni2006posted 11 years ago


    It has been constant now. The traffic is not going up at any part of the day. It is always down. When HP will get rid of google's claws? Please let me know if anyone has an answer for this.

    1. IzzyM profile image86
      IzzyMposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I feel your pain, Soni. It is happening to me and across all my other subs too sad

    2. fpherj48 profile image60
      fpherj48posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      From all that we might glean from the numerous hubs and questions on this very subject, it appears there's a huge plea for answers.  With this issue seeming to effect so many, I don't know if it is any consolation at all, that no one should take it as personal or that you are being singled out.  Right here in the comments left by fellow-hubbers, it looks like we are all feeling the pinch.
      I did see a hub or question, that asked HP when they would stop cow-towing, so to speak, to Google.   Is that even an option?   I don't know.
      It would be so welcomed and helpful for an adminstrator at HP to write a general response/explanation, to at least bring some consolation and/or hope to all the suffering writers......don't you think?

  2. dhannyya profile image80
    dhannyyaposted 11 years ago

    ur articles seem to be at first page. I checked few. Why then you feel a fall in traffic?

    1. JayeWisdom profile image89
      JayeWisdomposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      My "best" hub, which got up to 466 views before the HP and Google changes in late September, dropped to slightly over 100 per day even though it's stayed on the first Google search page. Ranking isn't affecting the fall in traffic.

      I tweaked the hub, and photos are my own, but nothing helps. I'm frustrated that my earnings will be cut in half or less for October and, if nothing improves, going forward.

  3. LucidDreams profile image63
    LucidDreamsposted 11 years ago

    Me too! Every little adjustment I have tried to make so far is in vein, atleast on this site, I hope that changes, guess we'll see.

  4. Doodlehead profile image49
    Doodleheadposted 11 years ago

    Sori2006--I feel your pain.  Your pain is my pain hubwize.

  5. soni2006 profile image79
    soni2006posted 11 years ago

    Whatever I do whether updating hubs, adding summaries, answering comments or anything, the traffic does not get the boost as it used to get a few months back. It is stagnant, totally stagnant.

  6. ComfortB profile image84
    ComfortBposted 11 years ago

    I have gone from a high percentage to a -75% view on all my hubs.  It's scary!

  7. Michael Willis profile image67
    Michael Willisposted 11 years ago

    I feel your pain!!!! My traffic is at it's worst for this time of year, which is normally my best time. It keeps going down and down.
    Updating has not worked, so now I am looking elsewhere to write. Don't know what HP is doing about this, but losing money is not worth waiting for their testing!

  8. hazelwood4 profile image66
    hazelwood4posted 11 years ago

    Mine is down today over 75%, and my Hubs appear to be ranking exactly the same in the SERPS too.  I wonder what is going on too?

  9. tommen profile image83
    tommenposted 11 years ago

    Hard to say what could be the reason for this, perhaps the  "Google Dance" where new articles get a first page position and then go to page 10 after a while.Depending on the competition they will rise and fall.Google changes their algorithm all the time so it is not surprising that there are lots of changes.Just keep writing great content and you will be fine.Keyword research will also help.

    1. IzzyM profile image86
      IzzyMposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      This advice no longer holds.

      Trust me, I know all about slapped accounts, and I have experienced successful accounts.

      Something is wrong with HP and has been for a long time now.

      Hubs can do really well for ages, then get almost no traffic for ages, then traffic comes back for a while, then goes for a while - ad infinitum.

      Writing more hubs on a slapped account is a waste of time. By the time your traffic returns, other people have stolen your content and are ranking for it.

      Getting that traffic back is difficult.

      You can have what you consider a really well-written hub that fits the stellar hub description on HP that knocks out the competition and does great.

      Then another update comes along, and Google replaces your informative hub with a 3 line effort from whatever site is flavour of the month, like answers.com.

  10. incomeguru profile image95
    incomeguruposted 11 years ago

    My traffic down, also, October earnings has been low.

    1. tommen profile image83
      tommenposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe writing about "ever-green" topics such as illnesses, health, love, dating or money would be the answer.I have written a few hubs about Halloween and Christmas and they are just waking up smile

      1. isenhower33 profile image67
        isenhower33posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        My dating one is doing pretty good right now smile

        1. tommen profile image83
          tommenposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Great job! I will check it out!

  11. janderson99 profile image54
    janderson99posted 11 years ago

    My only suggestion is that you don't interlink between your hubs. This helps to provide internal backlinks which builds PR and more authority for your site. [have a look and some of mine to see examples]
    =>The best way, but the slowest) is to swipe a phrase then click the add link button (chain link symbol)
    Add about 5 per hub
    Also link to 3 authority sites.gov etc.

    => The other way is to copy all your links on the my account page, Paste into word as a table, delete everything except for your list of links.
    Copy the links column and paste into excel - save
    This means to you have a list of links to all your pages.
    To add interlinks, use the filter option in excel to choose a set of other articles that are related to the hub you are editing. Create a new text capsule with the heading " Related Artciles about xxx" Copy the links from Excel and paste them in  = edit the way you want them. This will provide 5-15 related hubs on all your pages. A lot of work - you can use the excel file to keep track of the ones you have done.
    Its a lot of work, but it may help??? I did it to 500+

    1. soni2006 profile image79
      soni2006posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      but what was the result janderson99?

      1. janderson99 profile image54
        janderson99posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I don't know! Who knows? Others have said this works. It makes sense to me. My traffic has been going up for the last couple of months. There are lots of factors of course, and there is no way of knowing. I just follow my formula now, and hope the rise continues - but most of my hubs are only 6-9 months old, and I have worked hard at choosing titles which my tests suggest will get traffic, and will be competitive.
        Are all you hubs not 'Idle"  ZZZ ?
        Cheers - I hope your traffic returns.

    2. IzzyM profile image86
      IzzyMposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm going to be really cheeky and ask if you would consider writing a hub on the step by step way to do this through Excel.

      I learned how to use Excel many years ago, but I have completely forgotten most of it.

      I use Excel to track my views and earnings online, so have a good basic idea of how to use it.

      What you are suggesting sounds a little advanced and I am lost already, but could follow instructions on setting it up.

      Sounds like a great idea.

      1. janderson99 profile image54
        janderson99posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I developed a Forum post that explains how to do it. I can clarify any issues there - easier than via comments on a hub.


        1. IzzyM profile image86
          IzzyMposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Many thanks smile
          I have saved your post to my hard drive, and will try it out sometime soon.

  12. LeanMan profile image80
    LeanManposted 11 years ago

    I have seen drops in traffic to some of my best performing hubs and other sites although the SERPS positions are unaffected by recent changes.

    The traffic is reducing as before their may have been one Google paid ad above them but now there are often 2 or 3. So my keywords although 1st place ranking have gone from being top of the page to just on the fold; so off the radar and bye bye traffic due to Google ads.

    Some of my older hubs are gaining additional traffic which is compensating for what I am losing on my better performing hubs so my overall traffic has stayed roughly the same.

    It seems to me that soon you will have to pay to get on the front page of Google - but then maybe people will start to go elsewhere for their searches rather than be served up only adverts!!

  13. andyoz profile image88
    andyozposted 11 years ago

    My traffic has dropped again, I'm now down to my lowest views in over a year. It's really sad as I thought in the run up to Christmas my traffic would double. Really don't no what to do about it anymore.

    1. Thomas Swan profile image97
      Thomas Swanposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      My traffic suddenly dropped today by about 30%. It's so demoralizing.

      Although, I suppose it was Halloween last night. I hope that's all it is!

      1. hazelwood4 profile image66
        hazelwood4posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Mine is down, down, down, down too.

  14. Will Apse profile image88
    Will Apseposted 11 years ago

    Mine is about 25 per cent down from 2 days ago. That storm might be having an effect.

    I had a bumper day on Amazon despite the downturn. Sold plenty of candles and carpenters' tools.

  15. wordscribe43 profile image90
    wordscribe43posted 11 years ago

    Yeah... my traffic is slowly disappearing into the abyss.  I'm hoping it's some temporary issue due to the goings-on in the U.S. now, but I'm clearly not holding my breath.  The downturn started yesterday, on Halloween, and continues today.  I really don't want to go through this again, really don't.  Every time I start feeling all cocky and like I can depend upon my HP income- BAM! 

    I'm gonna sit tight for now, not gonna move my HP articles since I've always had recovery.  But, I feel uneasy and restless.  I hate how that Ning|Glam Social icon sits at the bottom of the page beckoning for answers, answers we hubbers aren't getting.  What the?  If they can't talk about it, then why the massive, glaring icon at the bottom? Where has the communication gone between hubbers and staff?  Evidently down the same rabbit hole as my sad traffic.  I feel worried- concerned we are no longer kept abreast of the changes on HP.

    I'm happy my traffic decline coincides with NANOWRIMO- now I can concentrate my efforts where I REALLY want to be spending them.

  16. LucidDreams profile image63
    LucidDreamsposted 11 years ago

    I know exactly what you mean. Each time things get really good, a new update or sometghing else seems to go wrong here. It is dissapointing for sure.  As always, I keep these pages open and start updating and working harder on other sites I have. In the end, it usually seems to work out.

  17. Doodlehead profile image49
    Doodleheadposted 11 years ago

    I have been thinking about this.   Knowing how Google works---
    l.Google wants to get Amazon's market---and when they do we won't make any money anymore or if we do it will be a fracton of what Hubbers now get from Amazon sales.
    2. Google is an ad company as much as a search engine whch means it is not search driven, but revenue driven.   If there are two articles closely ranked in quality but where one article is better in quality but doesn't generate as much in revenue as the other then the revenue generator will rank higher.
    3.  Google wants money in any form they can get it.  And if you get any you cannot even tell anyone how much you got.   This is pretty sick.  What really is the big deal about discussing one's revenue?
    Doesn't it make you suspicious about why you have to keep your revenue to yourself?
    4.  You can work at Hubpages for 10 years, have 5000 hubs and if someone you never met messes with your clicks you are dismissed.

  18. David 470 profile image83
    David 470posted 11 years ago

    Same here. It is depressing. I need to try and write some hubs that I know might bring traffic, however, I am afraid they will not get any exposure and it will be a waste. It's like my hubs are not getting indexed high in the search engines at all.

    I was once pretty successful on here, but now I have failed. My moral is low. It's much easier to write about topics when you feel you are going to get something back.

  19. mackyi profile image65
    mackyiposted 11 years ago

    I am sooo confused, I just don't know what to do anymore about this roller-coaster traffic I have been experiencing, and the bad thing about it, my traffic was already in the low percentile!

    1. IzzyM profile image86
      IzzyMposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      The way some of us have dealt with it is to open new accounts.

      Traffic bounces all over the place with them too, but not all at the same time.

      So, in effect, when one goes down, another goes up.

      It just helps keep you motivated to write and it's not really like starting all over again because you can apply what you have learned during your time on HP.


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